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I SAW THE DEVIL (R21) – Release Sep 15 2011


I SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge. The embodiment of pure evil, Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. On a freezing, snowy night, his latest victim is the beautiful Juyeon, daughter of a retired police chief and pregnant fiancée of elite special agent Soo-hyun. Obsessed with revenge, Soo-hyun is determined to track down the murderer, even if doing so means becoming a monster himself. And when he finds Kyung-chul, turning him in to the authorities is the last thing on his mind, as the lines between good and evil fall away in this diabolically twisted game of cat and mouse.

From Korean genre master KIM Jee-woon (A Bittersweet Life, A Tale of Two Sisters and The Good, The Bad and The Weird), this Director’s Cut of I SAW THE DEVIL stars LEE Byung-hun (A Bittersweet Life and The Good, the Bad and the Weird) and CHOI Min-sik (Oldboy) was denied a theatrical release in South Korea due to its restrictive rating.

Pushing the concept of revenge to its most extreme limits, KIM Jee-woon brilliantly transcends the police procedural and serial killer genres in surprising and thrilling new ways.

visit : http://isawthedevil.lunafilms.com.sg

Lee Chang Dong Retrospective

Luna Films is proud to present 4 incisive works from acclaimed Korean director Lee Chang Dong. Author, Ex-Minister of Culture, and multi-award winning director Lee Changdong started out relatively late in the film world but became a top director with films like PEPPERMINT CANDY (1999), OASIS (2002), SECRET SUNSHINE (2007). SECRET SUNSHINE was shown in competition, Cannes Film Festival in 2007, and won its Actress Jeon Do-yeon (Th…e HOUSEMAID) the Prix d’interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes (Best Actress). In 2010, the director’s latest film POETRY won the Best Screenplay Award at Cannes Film Festival 2010.

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VENUE > ALLIANCE FRANCAISE THEATRE, Singapore 258130
DURATION > 20 July 2011 (Wednesday) – 25 July 2011 (Monday)
URL > http://filmfestival.lunafilms.com.sg

Tickets available through TICKETBOOTH at all AXS machines and ticketbooth.com.sg

Full Price: $12.00
Seniors Citizen/SFS Card Holders: $11.00*
NSF/Students: $9.00*

Note: Price inclusive of ticketing fees
*For Senior Citizen/SFS/NSF/Students, concession tickets are available on our Ticketbooth Outlets Only.

Bulk Discount – For each film, buy 3 or more tickets, get each ticket at S$11.00 per ticket for the film session

Retrospective Pass – Buy a set of 4 tickets (one ticket for each film) at $40. Purchase of this pass is only available at Ticketbooth Outlets Only.

Poetry

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* 2010 – Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival
* 2011 – Best Director, Best Screenplay Asian Film Awards

Mija lives with her middle-schooler grandson in a small suburban city located along the Han River. She is a dandy old lady who likes to dress up in flower-decorated hats and fashionable outfits, but she is also an unpredictable character with an inquisitive mind. By chance she takes a ‘poetry’ class at a neighborhood cultural center and is challenged to write a poem for the first time in her life.

Her quest for poetic inspiration begins with observing the everyday life she never intentional took notice of before to find beauty within it. And with this, Mija is delightfully surprised with newfound trepidation as if she were a little girl discovering things for the first time in her life.

But when she is suddenly faced with a reality harsh beyond her imagination, she realizes perhaps life is not as beautiful as she had thought it is…

Secret Sunshine

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* 2007 – Best Actress (won by Jeon Do-yeon), Cannes Film Festival
* 2008 – Best Film, Best Director, Asian Film Awards

Having recently lost her husband, piano teacher Shin Ae (Jeon Do Yeon) moves to her husband’s hometown of Milyang. Still in a fragile state in grief, she takes solace in her friendship with rough-voiced, but kind-hearted local Jong Chan (Song Kang Ho). In love with Shin Ae, he follows her around and helps her settle into her new home. Life abandons Shin Ae once more though when her son is abducted and murdered. She then takes refuge in religion and, devoting herself to Christianity, slowly begins to heal. To find closure, she visits her child’s murderer in prison to tell him she has forgiven him, but what he says in reply…

Oasis

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* 2003 – FIPRESCI Prize, Special Director\’s Award, Golden Lion (Nominated),Venice Film Festival
* 2003 – Chief Dan George Humanitarian Award,Vancouver International Film Festival

Jong-du, who has three previous convictions, pays a visit to the family of the victim in the hit-and run accident for which he served time and meets Gong-ju, the daughter, who has cerebral palsy. Jong-du is fascinated by her at first sight and visits her again when he knows she is alone. Trying to reassure and pacify the terrified young woman, he loses control and tries to rape her, stopping only when she faints. But he has left his workshop phone number in her room, and Gong-ju knows where to find him. To Jong-du’s amazement, she calls him and invites him to visit her again. Over a series of clandestine meetings, the handicapped young woman and the feckless young man come to fall in love with each other. However their love is not one that is understood by anyone else.

Peppermint Candy

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* 2000 – Netpac Award – Special Mention, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
* 2000 – Special Prize of the Jury, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

“Peppermint Candy” spans 20 years in the life of one man, Yongho, from his callow teens to his fraught and self-hating middle age. Called up for military service in 1980, he has the misfortune to be part of the force sent to quell the popular uprising in Kwangju-which means he is involved in the Korean equivalent of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Emotionally and psychologically blighted, he joins the police after leaving the army and becomes an expert in torturing arrested leftists. He brutally rejects the childhood sweetheart who has come looking for him, bringing the peppermint candies because he used to love them. The film’s seven chapters are presented in reverse-chronological order, so it begins with Yongho’s middle-aged death wish and ends with his first date with the only person he ever really cares for…

POETRY (NC16) by Lee Chang-dong – Coming Soon….


Korea / 2010 / Color / 1.85:1 / 139min
directed by LEE Changdong
with YUN Junghee

Mija a woman in her sixties takes a poetry class and for the first time in her life, ponders poetry. When she returns home, she finds out that her middle school grandson is mixed up in the sexual assault of a schoolgirl and so she tries to get some settlement funds. Mija has two things to find; one is to find poesy for her first poetry and second is the money to persuade the victim of her grandson’s assault. The innocence or metaphysics expressed in the world of poetry matches up with the violence of males in Mija’s life, shaking her to the core. Through this process, Mija learns that writing poetry is not an act grown out of simple passion for beauty, but a struggle in life with violence.

OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION
Cannes
International Film Festival 2010

BEST DIRECTOR
Asian Film Awards 2011

Director’s Comments
These are times when poetry is dying away.
Some lament such loss and others claim, “Poetry deserves to die.”
Regardless, people continue to read and write poetry.

What does it mean then to be writing poetry when prospects of an ongoing future seem dismal? This is a question I want to pose to the public.

But in fact, it is a question I pose to myself as a filmmaker: What does it mean to be making films at times when films are dying away?

Woman on Fire Looks for Water + The Tiger Factory (Feb 26 – 10.30am)

Details > http://sfs.org.sg/event.php?id=317

Father and son wrestle with love in a small Malaysian fishing village. While father looks up an old lover he should have married years ago, his son faces a dilemma. Will he choose the girl he’s in love with, or the daughter of his boss?

The young Ah Fei lives in a small fishing village, where he catches and sells frogs. His bachelor father Ah Kau is a fisherman. The old man sees his death approaching and goes looking in a nearby village for a woman who was his great love, but whom he did not marry back then. His son is in love with a girl who only wants a relationship if he earns more.

The son goes to work in a factory and faces a dilemma when his boss wants him to marry his daughter. While the father regrets the decision he took in his youth, his son looks as if he’s about to make the same mistake.

In Woman on Fire Looks for Water, the director eyes the local decay found in the beautiful images of an authentic fishing village.

2009/ 99 min / Malaysia & South Korea / English subtitles / PG
Directed by Woo Ming Jin
Cast – Ernest Chong, Chung Kok Keong, Foo Fei Ling, Jerrica Lai
Official Selection – Pusan 2009, Rotterdam 2010

 

In The Tiger Factory – filmed in a documentary style, Malaysian filmmaker Woo Ming Jin takes on the insufferable circumstances of nineteen-year-old Ping Ping. For Woo, economic factors are often decisive.

Under the watchful gaze of her aunt Tien, Ping Ping works herself into the ground with several simultaneous jobs, in order to pay human traffickers to take her to Japan. Another of her ways to make some money is to become pregnant as a surrogate mother. But immediately following the birth, she is told that the baby is dead. Nevertheless, Ping Ping wants to escape her miserable existence at any price. She asks her aunt, who runs an illegal trade in babies, to arrange for her to become pregnant again.

2010/ 84 min / Malaysia & Japan / English subtitles / PG
Directed by Woo Ming Jin
Cast – Lai Fooi Mun, Pearlly Chua, Susan Lee

Official Selection – Cannes 2010, Pusan 2010, Tokyo 2010, Rotterdam 2011

Woo Ming Jin

Born in 1976 in Malaysia, Woo Ming Jin’s work as a filmmaker and photographer has garnered him a reputation as one of East Asia’s most promising talent.
At 19, he went to the US to study business in a small school in Boston, then worked for a while, then decided to be a filmmaker. He always wanted to make films since he was around 16, but studied business because it was “acceptable.” I received a scholarship from San Diego State University to do an MA in film production. In 2003, he returned to Malaysia where he found many stories to tell, and started making films. He is drawn to the everyday layman world, the people living outside of the city, places that are untouched by time.

His films mostly focus on the interaction between human and nature. His first film Monday Morning Glory screened in Berlin and Locarno, while his second, The Elephant and the Sea, won awards in Torino, Seoul and Spain festivals. Woman on Fire Looks for Water, played at Venice and Rotterdam, among… read more

Born in 1976 in Malaysia, Woo Ming Jin’s work as a filmmaker and photographer has garnered him a reputation as one of East Asia’s most promising talent.

At 19, he went to the US to study business in a small school in Boston, then worked for a while, then decided to be a filmmaker. He always wanted to make films since he was around 16, but studied business because it was “acceptable.” I received a scholarship from San Diego State University to do an MA in film production. In 2003, he returned to Malaysia where he found many stories to tell, and started making films. He is drawn to the everyday layman world, the people living outside of the city, places that are untouched by time.

His films mostly focus on the interaction between human and nature. His first film Monday Morning Glory screened in Berlin and Locarno, while his second, The Elephant and the Sea (screened by the SFS in Dec 2008), won awards in Torino, Seoul and Spain festivals.

TIME CODE – one-time screening in June 2010

Scene from Time Code

Scene from Time Code

Lightfooted satire on Hollywood. The film is made up of four takes each lasting 90 minutes taken by four cameras. The recordings can be seen simultaneously on a screen divided into four. Gradually the storylines come together.

The digital video camera made it possible for Mike Figgis to try out a revolutionary concept. With four cameras shooting in synchronisation, he recorded four non-stop takes of 90 minutes. On the screen, divided in four, the images from the four cameras can be seen simultaneously. Each camera tells – of course in real-time – the story of four people who are trying to get their film production or film career off the ground in Hollywood. The four storylines gradually come together. The dialogues by the strong cast are largely improvised. Despite the technical tour de force, the story is strikingly lightfooted, filled with satirical witticisms and stereotypes. Figgis shot the story 15 times in a period of two weeks. While previous directors had claimed to have used the concept of one-take/real-time – Badham with Nick of Time (1995), Hitchcock with Rope (1948) – Time Code is the first commercial film in which this mission was verifiably completed.

Time Code – 2002/UK/98min Directed by Mike Figgis

Mike FIGGIS (1948, UK) was born in Carlisle, England, but moved that same year to Nairobi, Kenya, where he lived until he was eight years old. Back in England he started playing trumpet and guitar with various rock-‘n-roll bands. Figgis studied music in London for three years. In 1980, Figgis formed his own theatre company, The Mike Figgis Group, and began creating multimedia productions, making extensive use of film. Figgis directed his first feature film The House in 1984. His feature film Leaving Las Vegas (1995) won several awards, including an Academy Award for Nicolas Cage for Best Actor.

notes courtesy of International Film Festival Rotterdam

This screening has been made possible with the support of Mike Figgis, Red Mullet Productions, Hsieh Chin Lin and LUNA FILMS

Details (to be confirmed)

  • 19 June Saturday, 1-3pm The Picturehouse, Singapore
  • Entry with SFS Membership. Membership available at the door. Please check http://www.sfs.org.sg